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A proud native of Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines, Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta has become a fan favorite not just at home but also in his adopted city of San Diego, California where he lives and trains.
Born in Cebu, Philippines, 27-year-old San Diegan Mercito Gesta has lived up to his nickname 'No Mercy' when it comes to opponents, as he’s won 28 of his 31 professional bouts. A former world title challenger looking to get another shot at the lightweight crown, Gesta in unbeaten in his last three bouts heading into an October 3 bout against Martin Honorio in Carson, California. A member of a fighting family that includes his father Anecito, who was a professional Muay Thai and MMA fighter, and brother Anecito Jr., who is also a profressional boxer, Gesta began boxing at 15, but he had no amateur fights. Instead, he turned professioinal at 16 on October 19, 2003, decisioning Edwin Picardal. Learning on the job, the talented and tenacious teenager starred on the local Filipino fight scene, going 10-0-1 before moving to the United States and continuing his road to the top of the professional boxing game. It was in the U.S. that Gesta began fighting and beating better and better competition, and by 2010, he had earned the vacant NABO Youth lightweight title with a fourth round knockout of Oscar Meza. Eight more wins followed, earned the unbeaten fighter a world title shot against Miguel Vazquez on December 8, 2012. The crafty Vazquez outboxed Gesta to earn a unanimous decision, and after his first loss, Gesta needed some time to regroup. Sixteen months later, he returned to the ring, and after knockouts of Edgar Riovalle and Luis Arceo, he engaged in a thrilling 10-round battle with fellow contender Carlos Molina that was ruled a draw. Eager to get closer to a shot at championship gold, Gesta is ready to perform for his California fans on October 3.